My PhD journey at WBS

17 August 2023

We caught up with MRes/PhD Finance & Economics alumna Anastasia to hear about her PhD experiences at Warwick Business School. 

Can you tell us why you chose to do your PhD at WBS?

WBS has a worldwide reputation. Its postgraduate programmes in Finance are in the TOP-3 in the UK and the TOP-20 in the World. I was very impressed by the fact that the Faculty of Finance has Professors with so many diverse research interests, both in the field of theoretical and empirical research. Furthermore, WBS has one of the broadest subscription to research databases, which is key to empirical research, and allows to conduct research on a wider range of topics. Having received the Chancellor’s PhD International Scholarship, I was excited to become a part of this amazing research community

What was the best thing about the PhD programme?

The weekly seminar series hosted by the Faculty of Finance which included speakers from other top universities. I had the opportunity to book 1:1 meetings with the speakers, ask them questions, and discuss my research. I found that very helpful in developing new research ideas, and general feedback on my current work. In addition, we also had internal weekly seminars, where the Faculty Professors and PhD students had the opportunity to present their latest working papers. The research community in WBS is very open and inspiring.

What was your experience in PhD supervision?

I was very lucky to do my research under the supervision of distinguished academics in my area, who were always available for discussion and feedback. Their critical thinking, integrity and work ethics showed me what a modern academic scholar should be. Most importantly, I learnt not to be afraid of theoretical research, and starting any new project, whether theoretical or empirical, to think deeply about foundations that may underlie results.

Did PhD affect the choice of your career?

PhD degree gives an opportunity to work both in industry and academia. After the completion of PhD programme, I have decided to stay in academia. I am very grateful to WBS for preparing me for the job market, that allowed me to get an academic position in one of the TOP-10 business schools in the UK. Currently, I work as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London. In this role I continue my research and teaching in corporate finance at the Masters and MBA levels.

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